Railways roar to grand final
Railways’ bowling unit have delivered when it matters most, moving their side within sight of a sixth straight Albany Cricket Association A-grade title after skittling Manypeaks for 84 in Saturday’s second semifinal at Turf South.
The Tigers booked a sixth consecutive grand final appearance, progressing directly through to this Saturday’s decider with a crushing eight-wicket win over Peaks.
Spearhead Nathan Crudeli was the catalyst with the new ball as he snared the first three wickets to leave Peaks reeling at 3-26.
Both openers Aran Tilbury and Casey Ganzer fell to Crudeli, who snared the big wicket of Harry Broomhall (14) and then Dom O’Reilly to finish with outstanding figures of 4-16 from his 10 overs.
Coen Marwick provided terrific support, the seamer taking 3-28 to continue his superb season as Peaks never recovered from their early predicament.
In his first game back from a hamstring injury, Ryan Kinnear showed his value to the Peaks middle order, top-scoring with 21 while Regan Poett played a defiant innings scoring 12 from 50 balls.
After a rain delay, which came in the innings break, the Tigers were chasing a revised target of 76 in 40 overs and their top order made sure it was done with relative ease.
Mark Natale was removed in the fourth over by Myles O’Meehan (2-15) and youngster Sam Want was his second scalp after playing a constructive knock of 18.
The Tigers were 2-30 at that stage but experienced pair Matt Walters (36 not out) and Crudeli (16 not out) calmly went about the remainder of the chase as their side passed the total in the 23rd over to make it 12 wins on the trot and send Peaks into Sunday’s preliminary final.
Tigers captain Zane Marwick spoke highly of his bowlers, who set up another opportunity to chase silverware this weekend.
“Our bowling was again on the money,” Marwick said.
“We didn’t give them a lot of free balls and our fielding kept the pressure on them as well.
“Nath was phenomenal, he gave us great energy in the first few overs and there is still plenty to improve on but its great signs for the weekend.”
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